Broad return boosts England

31 January 2013 05:50:48 EST

Stuart Broad has handed England a boost after coming through his first outdoor bowling session with no ill-effects.

The Twenty20 captain was forced to leave the tour of India with a bruised heel but got through five overs unscathed on Thursday, and Ashley Giles is pleased to have him available for the upcoming clashes with New Zealand.

We've got a lot of strength in depth.

Ahley Giles

"He's got a major part to play in three forms of the game," said England's limited-overs coach after watching Broad bowl.

Broad's place had seemed under threat after he failed to take a wicket during the Test series against India. He didn't feature in the Twenty20 games or the one-day series and will be targeting a return to form against New Zealand.

England are 1/5 to win the Twenty20 series, while New Zealand can be backed at 7/2.
Graeme Swann will miss the Twenty20 matches against the Black Caps, while Kevin Pietersen will also be rested for the one-day internationals, but Giles believes the players that are travelling will do well.

"This is a good position to be in," he said.

"We've got a lot of strength in depth.

"We showed that by taking a relatively inexperienced bowling attack to India for the one-dayers, and leaving some really good players behind.

"That's a key for us. We need to look after our good players really well, keep them hungry and on top of their game."

England's first Twenty20 warm-up fixture will take place in Whangarei on Monday.

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